10 Ways to Fix “You’re offline. Check your connection.” YouTube Error on iOS Devices

If you are trying to watch videos on YouTube on your iPhone or iPad but it is delivering you the “You’re offline. Check your connection.” error message then we have a number of fixes to resolve this issue.

Being unable to use YouTube can be a really frustrating thing as it has become an integral part of our life. it is used for entertainment, knowledge, fun, and whatnot.

Why YouTube is saying “You’re offline. Check your connection”?

This message is fairly simple and straightforward in conveying the reason that there is something that is causing your device to not be able to connect to the YouTube servers. This can be due to a number of reasons with a really common one being the issue with your own internet connection.

Other reasons that can also cause this problem are:

  • Cache issues,
  • Glitches in the OS,
  • Issue with YouTube’s servers,
  • Conflicting VPN or Proxy, etc.

Fix “You’re offline. Check your connection” YouTube Error on iOS

There are different ways to fix this issue, based on what is exactly causing the problem. The tips and fixes to resolve the YouTube offline issue on iPhone are as follows:

1. Check your internet connection

The first and foremost thing to do is to ensure that your internet connection not doing the problem. As YouTube is pointing out that you are offline, there is a very high chance that nothing else but your internet is causing the pain.

Hence, please make sure to restart your Modem and router. If possible switch to mobile data from Wi-Fi and vice versa.

Also, try enabling and then disabling the Airplane Mode from the control panel. Swipe down from the top-right side edge of the screen to open the Control Panel and enable Airplane Mode (Airplane icon). After a couple of seconds, disable it.

airplane mode in control center
airplane mode in control center

2. Check YouTube Servers

Though it is quite rare, this issue can also occur if YouTube serves are experiencing outrage. Since the connection with YouTube serves is not being established, causing the “You’re offline. Check your connection.” error within the YouTube app.

You can check if YouTube servers are active by clicking here. If the servers are down, wait for them to become operational again before proceeding to the fixes.

3. Reopen the YouTube app

If the YouTube app is experiencing some technical glitch on your iOS device, then this can also cause issues.

Hence you should consider restarting the YouTube app on your iPhone.

1. Swipe from the bottom edge of the iPhone and pause the swipe mid-screen.

2. This will open all the recent apps. Grab the YouTube app card and remove it from the list by swiping it up.

3. Once the YouTube app is completely closed, open it again and see if the issue is fixed.

4. Force Restart your iPhone

Glitch within the iOS operating system can also prevent the apps from connecting to the internet. You should consider force restarting your iPhone. To force restart your iPhone:

1. Press and release the volume-up and volume-down buttons one after the other.

2. Now, hold down the iPhone’s side button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

3. Let your iPhone restart and then check if the portrait mode is now working.

5. Update YouTube

If your YouTube app is not up to date then please consider updating it to the latest version.

1. On your iPhone, long-press on the App Store app and select the Updates option.

2. Under the list of apps, tap on the Update button next to the YouTube app.

6. Disable/Enable VPN

If you are using a VPN on your iPhone, then try to access the YouTube app after disabling it. To disable VPN on your iPhone.

1. Open Settings on your iOS device.

iphone settings
iphone settings

2. Switch off the toggle for the VPN option there to turn off the VPN.

As an alternative, you can also go to the VPN app that you are using on your iPhone and Disconnect it from there.

If the YouTube offline issue is there without a VPN, then consider using one on your iPhone and try to connect to a different location.

7. Disable/Enable Proxy

If you are using a proxy on your iPhone and treat it just the way I mentioned for the VPN i.e. try disabling it. To disable proxy on iPhone:

1. Open Settings on your iPhone and go to Wi-Fi.

wi fi settings iphone

2. Tap on the “i” button next to your Wi-Fi connection.

wi fi network i button info

3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on the Configure Proxy option.

4. Tickmark the Off option to disable the proxy.

Once the proxy is disabled, open the YouTube app and see if the issue is fixed.

8. Change DNS

The default DNS provided by your ISP can pose issues sometimes. Hence you should consider switching your DNS to a reliable one like google or Cloudflare DNS.

1. Open Settings and go to the Wi-Fi option.

go to wifi
go to wifi

2. Tap on the “i” button next to your Wi-Fi connection.

tap on the i button of wifi network
tap on the i button of wifi network

3. Select the Configure DNS option after scrolling to the bottom of the page.

4. Select the Manual option, tap on Add Server, and add and one by one. These are google DNS addresses.

5. Tap on the minus button next to the default server and delete it.

6. Finally, tap on Save.

Tip: You can also try setting the free DNS provided by others like Cloudflare ( &

9. Offload the YouTube app

If the YouTube app is having some issue in itself, then the offline issue can occur. You can try offloading and then reloading the app.

1. Open Settings and go to General.

iphone general settings
iphone general settings

2. Navigate to Storage.

iphone storage

3. Tap on the YouTube app.

4. Select the Offload App option.

5. Once YouTube is offloaded, tap on the Reinstall App option to reinstall YouTube.

10. Reset Network Settings

Faulty network settings on your iPhone give birth to issues like the one we are trying to fix here. You can try resetting the network settings of your iPhone to their factory default. To do so:

1. Open the Settings app and go to General.

ios settings general fix photo shuffle

2. Scroll down and tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option.

transfer or reset iphone settings

3. Here, tap on the Reset option.

reset iphone settings

4. On the popup list of options, tap on the Reset Network Settings option.

reset network settings
reset network settings

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the “You’re offline. Check your connection.” YouTube error on iOS devices can be frustrating, but it can be easily fixed by following these simple steps. Check your network connection, restart the app, update the app, clear the app cache, and reset network settings. By following these steps, you can get back to watching your favorite YouTube videos in no time.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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